Myofascial Release Therapy – How to Do It Right

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Myofascial Release Therapy – How to Do It Right

Myofascial Release Therapy (MRT), also known as myofascial release massage therapy, is a type of physical therapy used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. MRT is a manual therapy that uses slow, sustained pressure to release the myofascial tissue.

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder that occurs when the myofascial tissues – the muscles, tendons, and ligaments – become tight or contract. This can cause pain in the muscles, joints, and connective tissues.

Myofascial therapy aims to stretch and loosen the fascia so that it and other contiguous structures can move more freely, and the patient’s motion is restored.

MRT is a safe and effective treatment option for many people. However, it is important to ensure you are doing MRT correctly to avoid any potential injuries.

What is myofascial release therapy?

Myofascial release therapy is a hands-on technique used to manage myofascial pain. “Myo” means muscle. “Fascial” refers to the connective tissue that covers and supports the muscles throughout your body.

During myofascial release therapy, your therapist doesn’t focus specifically on your muscles. They focus on releasing tension in your fascial tissues. 

What is Fascia? 

You can think of fascia like a spider web. The stringy tissue is continuous throughout your entire body, from your head down to your toes. It’s also interconnected. So, if there’s an issue with fascia in one area of your body, it can cause problems in other areas. 

Fascial tissue has two main functions: 

1) To connect and support your muscles 

2) To protect your muscles and other organs from injury 

Fascial tissue is made up of collagen, elastin, and water. The collagen gives the tissue its strength. Elastin makes it flexible. And water helps to keep the tissues lubricated so they can move quickly. #Massage

How to Do Myofascial Release Therapy 

Here are some tips on how to do Myofascial Release Therapy correctly:

1. Apply gentle pressure with your fingertips – When doing MRT, it is important to apply gentle pressure with your fingers. It would help if you did not use too much pressure, as this can damage the tissue. Instead, use light manual pressure to feel a release in the tissue. 

2. Use long strokes – When doing MRT, you should use long rather than short strokes. This will help to stretch the tissue and promote healing. 

3. Repeat strokes – When doing MRT, it is important to repeat the strokes to ensure that the tissue is fully stretched and released. 

4. Use a massage mat – If you are doing MRT at home, it is a good idea to use a massage mat. This will help you apply the correct pressure and protect your fingers from any potential injuries. 

5. Seek professional help – If you are unsure how to do MRT correctly or have any underlying medical conditions, it is always best to seek professional help from a physical therapist or other healthcare professional. 

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